AR Denarius of M. Herennius 108-107 BC., Roman Republic, Catanaean brothers, Crawford 308/1a

Ancient Coins - AR Denarius of M. Herennius 108-107 BC., Roman Republic, "Catanaean brothers", Crawford 308/1a
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M. Herennius 108-107 BC., Roman Republic (family Herennia)

Denomination

AR Denarius

Date Struck

108-107 BC.

Mint

Rome

Obverse

Diademed head of Pietas right, PIE[TA]S behind, control letter C above pellet lower right

Reverse

One of the Catanean brothers running right, bearing his father on his left shoulder, M·[HE]RENNI behind

Weight

3.70 grams

Diameter

19/18 mm

Reference

Crawford 308/1a; Sydenham 567; Herennia 1

Grade

Very fine, toned

Comments

There are two possible interpretations of this reverse design, each with merit. The first is that the moneyer M. Herennius, who perhaps had a connection with Sicily, chose to illustrate a local example of Piety: the brothers Amphinomus and Anapias, who are supposed to have saved their parents from an eruption of Mt Etna by carrying them from danger on their shoulders. The second interpretation reaches back to the mythological founding of Rome; Aeneas, during the fall of Troy, carried his father Anchises from the burning ruins of the city. Romulus and Remus, the founders of the city of Rome, through their descendence from him, made Aeneas progenitor of the Roman people. Long before Virgil makes reference to "pious Aeneas" in his Aeneid, the Roman concept of piety was threefold; duty to the gods, to one's homeland and to one's family, which neatly links the reverse type with the obverse on this coin.

Ancient Coins - AR Denarius of M. Herennius 108-107 BC., Roman Republic,
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